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Onw Uniform Substance

A fragment of the poem: "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery, 1927-2017.



I feel the carousel starting slowly
And going faster and faster; desks,  papers, books,
Photographs of friends, the windows and the trees
Merging in one neutral band that surrounds
Me on all sides, evrywhere I look.
And I cannot explain the action of leveling,
Why it should all boil down to one
Uniform substance, a magma of interiours  -- 1973


This is supposedly a "meditation on the beseiged 20th Century Mind" (Hillel Italie, Obituary, Assciated Press, 09/07/2017; but I wonder??   It reads more like a mystical experience to me.

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amaebi
Sep. 6th, 2017 11:29 am (UTC)
...I would think, because mystical experience is not in what is experienced, but how....
bobby1933
Sep. 6th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thank you,
everville340
Sep. 7th, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the poem, sir. It may only be a fragment, but the verses you chose spoke to me in a way that gives me faith in myself.
bobby1933
Sep. 7th, 2017 05:42 am (UTC)
This fragment was reported in his AP obituary. I have never read the entire poem, now i must.
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